Four of us had a nice dinner at Locanda Olmo on College Ave in the Elmwood district of Berkeley. This place has been around for several years, but is under new ownership since last year -- we met one of the owners, a very effusive fellow from Tuscany. The food is all Tuscan, and very extensive for such a small place.
We started with a salad:
Fagiolata 8.50 (Beans, parsley, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onions). Pleasant, not too exciting.
Cozze Affogate 10.00 (Fresh mussels poached in white wine, garlic and fresh herbs; served with garlic bread). Very tasty, rather salty broth, good sopped up with the bread. They make their own bread.
Cipollata 8.00 (Caramelized onions, capers and feta cheese; served on slices of roasted eggplant). Tasty but expensive for what was there.
Risotto "Mattia" with tomatos (on the daily specials). Very nice strong tomato flavor.
Ravioli ai Funghi 14.50 (Ravioli filled with cheese with a wild mushroom, fresh herbs and parmigiano sauce). Rich and very tasty.
Scaloppine ai Funghi 16.50 (Pork loin scaloppine with a mushroom, marsala wine sauce, extra virgin olive oil) Came with roasted potatoes and vegetables. My friend ordered the pork "well done" -- it was rather dry, but the vegetable accompaniments were OK.
Desserts: Both were excellent , and I am not a dessert fan in general. They make all their own desserts here.
Budino di Mele 6.50 (Apple bread pudding served hot with a maple-Brandy sauce). Sweet, very rich.
Panna Cotta 7.00 (Italian style baked cream topped with berries; glazed with burnt sugar.). Superb texture -- soft and creamy.
We brought in two special bottles of wine (corkage is $10 per bottle). They serve sparkling water from a pitcher instead of regular tap water -- very nice touch.
Comfortable, cozy décor, excellent service. A nice neighborhood place that we enjoy, partly because we can walk to it.
2985 College Ave. in Berkeley (near Ashby).
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